Tonika Johnson is a photographer/social justice artist and life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. She is also co-founder of two community-based organizations, Englewood Arts Collective and Resident Association of Greater Englewood, that seek to reframe the narrative of South Side communities and mobilize people and resources for positive change.

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier standing in front of a wall of photographs in her studio

March 11, 2021

The New York Times Profiles Associate Professor LaToya Ruby Frazier

The New York Times spotlighted the work of Associate Professor LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose photography documents the courage and diversity of communities that have been ravaged by unemployment, poverty, and racism.

December 17, 2020

James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship and Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship Recipients

The Department of Photography is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020/2021 James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship and the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowships.   * * * * * Weinstein Memorial Fellowship Recipient Alayna Nicholle Pernell 

November 16, 2020

SAIC MacArthur Fellows to Participate in a 2021 Chicago Exhibition

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program, 28 artists who have been awarded the "Genius" grant will participate in a single exhibition called Toward Common Cause in Chicago.

Parlor Room, the Department of Photography and the Department of Performance would like to welcome artist and activist, Dread Scott (BFA 1989).

August 4, 2020

Alum Helen Maurene Cooper Documents the Pandemic with Wet Plate Collodion Portraits

Alum Helen Maurene Cooper (MFA 2007) was sitting on the front steps of her home in East Kensington, Philadelphia, when a woman walking her dog struck up a conversation.

Trevor Paglen

April 21, 2020

Alum Trevor Paglen Featured in New Exhibit on AI

The New York Times recently featured alum Trevor Paglen (MFA 2002) in a piece exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on art. 


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